The New York Knicks plan

Going into this Free Agency Period the New York Knicks had a plan. Regardless if they got Lebron James or Dwayne Wade they were going to make some moves and they did…

The first move they made is they picked up big man Amare Stoudemire who will control the middle for them. This gives them much-needed rebounding help, post presence, and defensive help. This was a need for them because that was their big trouble last year.

The Knicks established their power forward spot but needed someone to get Amar’e the ball. They went out and signed free agent point guard, Raymond Felton to be the captain of the offense. Raymond Felton brings the Knicks a very good passing game, good offensive tempo, solid outside shot, and he is not afraid to bring the ball to the basket. His career averages are 13 points and 6 assists a game which will allow the Knicks to win a few more games next year with his veteran experience. Scouts and experts criticize the Knicks that they do not get a good point guard every year.  But this year, the Knicks found themselves the player they wanted.

Then they went out and picked up two other big men that needed to clog up the middle and play the center position. They went out and picked up Milwaukee’s 44th pick in the draft, Jerome Jordan, a 7 footer from Tulsa. He is long, athletic,and can block shots. He averaged over 2 blocks from his sophomore to senior year. He works well in the D’Antoni system because he can run the floor, play great defense, and score at the rim with relative ease. The other big man is Russia center Russian center Timofey Mozgov. Mozgov has been rated DraftExpress’ #1 International Free Agent prospect for the past two years. He is a big, strong, athletic center with very nice upside. (Check videos below for more of these two players)

With the front court set and the point guard position handled, they couldn’t possibly bring back the fan favorite David Lee. Trust me fans, David Lee is my favorite player on the Knicks and will always be my favorite player in the league but he couldn’t stay and play with Amar’e. Instead they made a sign-and-trade and got Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike. Anthony Randolph has been quoted by GM Donnie Walsh as a “special talent” and that means a lot. The kid is only 20 years old and he is lean, athletic, and can play defense. Put him alongside of Amar’e in this D’Antoni system and the two will mesh like spaghetti and meatballs. I really like the guys they got out of this trade. Another big man who plays defense, a great shooter, and a top talent in the league. While it is sad David Lee is gone, these players really excite me and I can see them producing right away.

…The point to this whole post is the Knicks had a plan. They filled all the pieces they needed and they will ultimately become a much better team. I think Jordan will turn into the future center after a solid summer league, Amar’e will give them more wins, and with the point guard help of Raymond Felton giving the ball to hot shooter Gallinari and Chandler, I think this team has a bright future. Not to mention they have more money for next years free agency. They already have 13 million. Get rid of Eddy Curry’s 11 million and maybe Carmelo Anthony will be calling a visit to the Big Apple soon. But the key was getting rid of players like Al Harrington and Chris Duhon who were hurting the team rather than helping. Next years team will be so much better because there is a PLAN in place…

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